|Comments:||Ehud Shiloni said:|
This recording is directly comparable to Gardiner's upbeat and exciting 1992 version of the same three cantatas on Archiv, and in my opinion Herreweghe performance is even better.
Everything here is first class - soloists, choir, instruments - and the accoustics really make the music come alive. Herreweghe's tempi are roughly similar to Gardiner's, however he sounds more convincing in the choruses and choral movements without any mellownes which I have found in some of his earlier recordings. I especially liked the opening chorus of BWV 62 where each voice and each instrumental line stands crystal clear apart, and the simple but beautiful choral melody keeps coming in with what I have found to be a slightly hypnotic effect.